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Voice Before Facts When Writing

by VJ Miller, Sr.
Planet of Statues cover
Issue #2

Why Voice before Facts? As I zero in on the final chapters of my next book, Planet of Statues, I stand at 40k words; where it will top out is beyond me right now. Planet of Statues is the second book in the series, Realms Uncharted Presents. I’d planned on a one story per issue format of 18 to 20k words; something easy to read in one sitting. As has happened in the past, one of my stories has taken on a life of its own. One short story, Beware the Pedaler, was planned to be only 8 to 10k but finally topped out at 18k. My novel, Mask of the Crime Czar I expected to be around 60k actually ended up with 85k.

Planet of Statues is the story of the hyper-ship, Searcher and its crew who are on a deep space survey mission to find planets similar to their own home world for either colonization or a source of elements they can exploit. The one caveat; any planet with intelligent life or what may evolve into such life must be avoided. Continue reading Voice Before Facts When Writing

Realms Uncharted Presents update

by VJ Miller, Sr.
Realms Uncharted Presents #1 - Project Ares
First issue

In a previous post I announced my intent to produce a new series of books under the banner of Realms Uncharted Presents; a series of books containing a novella of about 18k to 20k words, published on a semi-monthly basis. There would also be a look ahead to the next book plus other info of interest.

I did not expect there would be a lot of interest in the early stages but I was not expecting there would be no interest at all.

Let’s look at what the first issue offered.

Project Ares takes place in another dimension similar to our own but with its own unique differences. It’s the story of NASA’s first expedition to Mars; an expedition that would never have taken place so soon were it not for a mysterious little man, Artur Jonas who seems to know a lot more than he lets on. Who he is will be made clear once the expedition is on the surface of Mars and the ulterior motives he has in store for its members. Continue reading Realms Uncharted Presents update